If you haven't found it yet, keep looking.
- Steve Jobs
Why is it that you haven't found your passion yet? Haven't you been searching for it for a while?
Passion seems to be one of those things that easily eludes us even when we've been looking everywhere for it. I found four very common roadblocks that explain why you haven't found your passion yet and the solution for what you can do about it.
1. You’re too afraid of what other people think
Back when I started She is so Lucky I was a secret contributor on my own blog. For months I was posting and not revealing anything about my true identity.
I didn’t put pictures of myself, I didn’t use my name or create a bio, I didn’t want anyone to know that I was behind my ideas, because “what if someone found out and knew it was me??” Gasp! They would know I had a website that I posted to regularly, the horror!
I know it sounds crazy but when you’re trying something new you are afraid of what other people might think.
I got over this fear when I spoke to my friend, Cara Braude. Cara works with bloggers and she is a total expert on how to make a killing blogging. I showed her my new site and asked her what she thought of my blog. That’s when I got the real truth. Cara’s response to me was “Why aren't there any pictures of you, or anything about you at all?” That’s when I told her about my fear.
That's when she gave me some good advice. She said, “you can’t hide behind your computer screen if you want to be a blogger. You don’t see any of these famous bloggers using stock photos and hiding their face. If you're going to be a blogger then that’s what you need to be. What are people going to say ‘oh look at Carly what’s she trying to blogger’? Well, they would be right. You are!”
After that, I realized she was right and that fear will only ever hold you back from doing what you want.
If you are afraid of what people might think, remember this, “what other people think is no of your goddamn business.” You have to go after what you want.
2. Your always saying you don’t have a passion or you don’t know what your passionate about
I bet you know what foods you like? What TV shows? You know the way you like your shirts to be hung up in the closet (color-coded and facing the left). You know yourself well enough to know what excites you, what makes you mad, upset and angry. Don’t tell me for a second that you haven't found your passion becuase you don't know what you're passionate about. Obviously you seem to know yourself pretty damn well!
The real problem is, is that you don’t know what to do with your passion. You don’t know how your love of cheese could possibly ever make you money.
Luckily for you, I am developing the “Find Your Passion Challenge”. It’s not quite ready yet, but the good news is that you can sign-up here for the pre-launch and be the first to know when the course is released!
3. You can’t decide on any one thing
You're the opposite of number two. You are excited by everything. You want to try your hand at fashion merchandising, blogging, marketing, being Instagram famous, you really can’t decide exactly what direction you should focus on going! It is the reason why you haven't found your passion yet.
If this sounds like you, I have the perfect exercise for you to try. It is called his 2 list strategy.
Warren Buffett (yes, the famous BILLIONAIRE) coined this handy technique.
It works like this:
- Write down your top 25 career goals
- Review your list and circle your top 5 goals
- Now you should have 2 lists. List A is the 5 items you circled List B is the rest
- List B becomes your “avoid-at-all-cost” list. These things shouldn’t get your attention until you have completed list A.
This also works on a short-term scale if you have trouble prioritizing what is the most important.
If you want to see the full story and explanation you can find that here.
4. You have no idea how to get started
Luckily I just gave you two amazing resources above, but if you're sitting there thinking, “this is great but I need more!" Well then, you’ve come to the right place.
She is so Lucky is dedicated to helping you figure out what is blocking you and how to get started on the road to finding your passion.
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Now tell me what is the main reason you haven't found your passion yet. Is it one of the four things I mentioned or something else?